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By René Daumal

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A reissue of a twentieth-century vintage within the acclaimed Tusk Ivories sequence A twentieth-century vintage, Mount Analogue combines the author's poetic presents and philosophical accomplishments in a way that's either unique to learn and profound to think about. the unconventional is a illustration of the author's personal religious quest, transposed into fictional shape, and was once released posthumously in 1952. This version is newly translated by way of Carol Cosman, with an afterword by way of Vera Daumal. between different issues, this can be an allegory for the adventure of existence, in addition to a marvellous story during which the narrator/author, one in all an intrepid corporation of 8, units sail within the yacht most unlikely to go looking for Mount Analogue, the cast, geographically positioned, albeit hidden, top that reaches inexorably in the direction of heaven - as Mount Olympus reached to the house of the Greek gods, or Mount Sinai to the presence of Yahweh. Daumal, usually defined as probably the most talented literary figures in 20th century France, died ahead of the radical used to be accomplished, offering an uncanny one-way caliber to the adventure that the reader can't support yet proportion.

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Both blond, but the former with aij oval^head, the latter with a squarish look. Superbly built, with fingers of steel and eagle eyes. Hans was studying mathematical physics and astronomy. Karl was inter­ ested principally in Oriental metaphysics. Arthur Beaver, Hans, and Karl were the three friends Sogol had mentioned as forming with him an inseparable moun­ taineering team. Julie B onasse, between twenty-five and thirty, a Belgian actress. She was having just then a considerable success on the stage in Paris, Brussels, and Geneva.

But just think of the unfathomable laziness of man; all the schemes which are supposed to keep him awake and watchful end up by putting him to sleep. We wear a hairshirt the way we might wear a monocle; we sing matins the way other people play golf. If only scientists today, instead of constantly inventing new means to make life easier, would devote their resourcefulness to producing instruments for rousing man out of his torpor! There are machine guns, of course, but that's going a bit too far.

Can you imagine thirty men leading a communal life, already half crazed by the perpetual terror of sinning, looking at one another obsessed by the knowledge that one of them, they don't know who, has been specially commissioned to test their faith, their humility, and their charity? It was like a diabolic caricature of a compelling idea— the idea that in 48 MOUNT ANALOGUE my fellow man as in myself there is both a person to hate and a person to love. "For one thing proves to me the diabolical nature of this custom: Not one of all the brothers ever refused to accept the role of Tempter.

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